I shit you not.
Republicans presidential nominee Donald Trump answered questions at a press conference in Florida this morning where he openly welcomed Russian espionage against the Democratic nominee.
When asked about documents stolen in a cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee's servers, Trump suggested hackers had also breached Clinton's personal email server.
"By the way, if they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 emails. I hope they do," the GOP nominee told reporters, referring to Russia, who security experts suspect was behind the hack. "They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted."
He also addressed the country directly: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you can find the 33,000 emails that are missing."
There you have it. Whether or not Trump is directly involved, he's now openly asking Russia to hack his political rivals.
If Trump would ask Russia to hack the Democratic party and the Democratic nominee, he wouldn't even think twice about spying on private citizens.
Trump is a threat to national security and western democracy.